Scotch Boats

From the 1830s, passenger steamers would sail regularly to Portrush from ports such as Ardrossan, Ayr, Troon and Glasgow. During the summer season, the ships carried crowds of passengers who would disembark at the North Pier and enjoy the attractions of the coastal resort and surrounding landmarks.
The increase in tourist traffic from Scotland, combined with the arrival of the railway, was reflected in the number and size of hotels in the town and Portrush was soon being compared to the famous English resorts, such as Brighton, Scarborough or Bournemouth, In the early twentieth century, at the height of their popularity, they carried up to 25,000 holiday makers each summer, earning Portrush the title of “Queen of the Northern Watering Places”.